Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Guess who's back . . . I think Mr. Squirrel has our house wired. Last night, Ryan and I decided we would put the original feed in the feeder since we have a 10 lb. bag just sitting here. Well, he's been poking around all day and we haven't given in to him yet. The score remains the same with a slight edge to Mr. S.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Chalk Full of Food

Almost six months ago, I started keeping track of all the new solid food Harrison has tried. Fortunately for us, he hasn't been a picky eater. I'm a play-it-by-the-rules type of gal, so every 4 days I would prepare him something new to try (they say to wait a couple of days to make sure they are not allergic). After several months of this, the newness was wearing off and I just try to keep up with his enormous appetite. We're still eating healthy but we've thrown cation to the wind and gave him little bits of pizza on Sunday, which of course he loved. BTW, the best homemade baby food book which I still use today is called "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Where's Mr. Roboto?

Peek-a-boo never gets old for Mr. Roboto. Sometimes when there's not a blanket around, you have to make due with whatever object is within grabbing distance.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dream Drawer

In Ryan's world, this would be his ultimate dresser. One object per drawer of school items you hardly ever use. We have boxes of papers and supplies from elementary to college, sometimes it's hard to let go of that doodle from 7th period. BTW this is from Anthropologie, which is by far my favorite store. 

Friday, March 27, 2009

Big Boy Seat

Harrison is helping Ryan install his "big boy seat". The new perspective has been a big hit with him.  Seeing him in it is just another reminder that our little boy is growing up so fast :(

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Sack of Safflower

The photo says it all and now we're stuck with a 5 lb. bag of safflower. Here's the new score Squirrels-2, Harrison-1 and Ryan-negative 1. Ryan thinks WW should take some of the blame.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Click, Clack, MOO

Run to your nearest library or bookstore and pick up a copy of "Click, Clack, MOO. Cows That Type" written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. We just discovered it this weekend and can't put it down. Here's an excerpt "Dear Farmer Brown, The barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets. Sincerely, The Cows".

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Hydrant

Suppose you had a fire hydrant named after you, where would it be? Only people with 5 letters or less are the privileged ones. THE RYAN would be in Timbuktu.

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Favorite

I thought this day would never come, Harrison has replaced Cheerios with a new favorite. He practically jumped out of Ryan's arms for a taste of this new fruit. It's strawberry season and we're searching for a patch to have him graze on. 

Sunday, March 22, 2009

New Strategy

Here's the latest on the Bird/Squirrel/Ryan/Harrison situation, a friend (W-Squared) recommended we try safflower in the bird feeder. Ryan has filled it up and Harrison is patiently waiting for its first guest. Someone is going to have a tasty meal tomorrow . . . who will it be?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Homemade Detergent

We started making our washing detergent a couple of years ago and I love it. Only three ingredients and it has the "clean" smell with no extra perfumes and words you can't pronounce. Plus for me, the preparation is a stress reliever.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Warning-Sleeping Baby!

Just when we think he's phasing out Nap #2, he pulls this stunt. So angelic, our little one.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Has Sprung

Our daffidals have finally bloomed. Now, we're patiently waiting for the warm weather to follow.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patty's Day

Hopefully next year I can remember to wear my green suspenders. 

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Day in the Life

Just chilling and relaxing on a walk around the block. And yes, it's pajama Monday. You can't beat the fact that "it's so cute" if an 11-month-old is wearing his PJs in public while people think his mom is lazy and/or crazy if she's in hers. Okay, I wasn't in my pajamas but I really wanted to be :)

Lucy has a love/hate relationship with Harrison while he on the other hand just loves her. He's discovered hugging this week and can't get enough of his favorite companion.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cat Fancy

So Lucy has been begging us to take her portrait for Cat Fancy. Never again, she was such a diva on set. Then she ate the berries.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Trouble Brewing

Last time these two got together, there was formula and pacifiers everywhere, I'm not even going into what happened today. Harrison wanted no part of it.

Friday, March 13, 2009


We've learned spoons are very entertaining at restaurants when we're knuckle heads and we forget the Cheerios. Notice the lack of people and the late afternoon sun . . . yes, we eat early with Mr. Spoonman.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Plan B

Apparently, thistle is an acquired taste. No birds, no squirrels. Harrison decided to dump it and start over. Squirrels-2, Ryan-0, Harrison-1.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Canvas Numbers

I'm finally finished! I've been thinking about his project for about a year now. . . I learned Mod Podge is not my friend.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Welcome Home

Harrison loves to greet his daddy after they've both had a hard day of playing at the office.

Monday, March 9, 2009

And The Battle Continues

This morning Mr. Squirrel woke up to a pleasant surprise, a new tasty treat. Squirrels-2, Ryan-0. Stay tuned for the next round.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Battle of the Seeds

Ryan has some issues with the squirrels eating the bird seed. He has gone to great lengths to keep them out it. His latest attempt involves changing the food to thistle. I have my doubts about this working. I guess time will tell. So far the score is Squirrels-1 Ryan-0.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Oddwater is the latest exhibit at the aquarium and it's truly amazing. I had a hard time deciding which image to post. The exhibit takes a look at some of the most bizarre life forms in the ocean and shows how their unusual adaptations help them survive. The animals are surrounded by hand-blown glass art.

Cocktails Anyone?

Seriously? We should have turned around as soon as we saw this sign. Unfortunately, we never learn our lesson. 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Signs of Spring

Spring is coming! Check out our first daffodil blooms.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Nap Time

I think someone is playing possum here. It reminded me of the photo below.

Our little one when he was one month old.

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Pair of Pears

I love pears in photographs, paintings and my belly. Whenever they are grouped in pairs, I tend to think of them as lovers. These two are relying on each other for support and comfort (before I eat them).


I walk past this house nearly everyday and it wasn't until my sister came to visit that I realized how funny this contrast is. An old victorian home with a vintage El Camino displayed out front, this person loves the classics.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Into the Mouth

Harrison is curious about everything and the answers come from placing whatever it is into the mouth. I'm still amazed that he can find a speck of lint in our carpet an hour after I've vacuumed.